Charles V Habsburg
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Charles Habsburg (1500 - 1558)

King Charles (Charles V) "Karl V, Kaiser, Carlos I, Rey de España" Habsburg
Born in Ghent, Flanders, Belgiummap
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Died in Yuste, Spainmap
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Maximilian I (Habsburg) Österreich
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Succeeded by
Ferdinand I
Joanna the Mad
Rey de España
Succeeded by
Felipe II
Preceded by
Frederick III HRE
The King of Italy
24 February 1530 – 16 January 1556
Succeeded by
Napoleon Bonapate
Preceded by
Joanna of Castile
King of the Sardinia
Succeeded by
Philip II of Spain
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Charles V (French: Charles Quint ; German: Karl V.) (24 February 1500 – 21 September 1558) was ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1519 and, as Charles I (Spanish: Carlos I), of the Kingdom(s) of Spain (Reino de España) from 1516 until his voluntary abdication in favor of his younger brother Ferdinand I as Holy Roman Emperor and his son Philip II as King of Spain in 1556. Charles was the heir of three of Europe's leading dynasties, the House of Habsburg of the Habsburg Monarchy, the House of Valois-Burgundy of the Burgundian Netherlands, and the House of Trastámara of the Crowns of Castile and Aragón.

Charles was born as the eldest son of Philip the Handsome and Joanna the Mad in the Flemish city of Ghent in 1500. He was betrothed to both Louise and Charlotte of Valois, daughters of King Francis I of France, but they both died in childhood. After the death of his paternal grandfather, Maximilian, in 1519, he inherited the Habsburg Monarchy. Charles abdicated as emperor in 1556 in favor of his brother Ferdinand. After abdication he retired to the Monastery of Yuste, in the province of Cáceres in Extremadura, Spain, for the final 2 years of his life.

Marriage and Children

On 10 March 1526, Charles married his first cousin Isabella of Portugal, sister of John III of Portugal, in Seville. Their children included:

  1. Philip II of Spain (1527–1598), the only son to reach adulthood.
  2. Maria of Austria (1528–1603), who married her first cousin Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor.
  3. Joanna of Austria (1535–1573), who married her first cousin João Manuel, Prince of Portugal
  4. Isabella often administered Spain while Charles was in other lands. Due to Philip II being a grandson of Manuel I of Portugal through his mother Isabella, Philip was in the line of succession to the throne of Portugal, and claimed it after his uncle's death (Henry, the Cardinal-King, in 1580), thus establishing the Iberian Union.

Charles also had several mistresses. Two of them gave birth to two future Governors of the Habsburg Netherlands:

  1. Johanna Maria van der Gheynst, a servant of Charles I de Lalaing, Seigneur de Montigny, daughter of Gilles Johann van der Gheynst and wife Johanna van der Caye van Cocamby, bore Margaret of Parma.
  2. Barbara Blomberg bore John of Austria.

Charles suffered from an enlarged lower jaw, a deformity that became considerably worse in later Habsburg generations, giving rise to the term Habsburg jaw. This deformity was caused by the family's long history of inbreeding. Charles died on 21 September 1558 from malaria. Twenty-six years later, his remains were transferred to the Royal Pantheon of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

German: Karl V
Espanol: Carlos I
Croatian: Karlo V
Deutch: Karel V
Italiano: Carlo V
Czech: Karel V
Francais: Charles Quint


b. 24 Feb 1500[1]
d. 21 Sep 1558[1]


1519 - 1556 Holy Roman Empire[1][2]
1516 - 1556: Charles I, of the Kingdom of Spain[3][1]


p. Philip the Handsome and Joanna the Mad
m. Isabella of Portugal 10 March 1526 Seville


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wikipedia: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
  2. Wikipedia: abdicated. succeeded by younger bros. Ferdinand I
  3. Wikipedia: abdicated. succeeded by son Philip II as King of Spain in 1556.
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posted by Traci Thiessen
Is that main picture really him? Should the mistress really be called a wife?
posted by Andrew Lancaster

You are my 13th Cousin 13 times removed we are both descendants of Matilda (Senlis) Clare.

Regards Michael Griffiths, New Zealand

posted by Michael Griffiths
Of Spain-8 and Habsburg-105 appear to represent the same person because: Same dates - is the same person
posted by John Atkinson